This week we are focusing on Isaiah 9:8-10:15. The following are some study suggestions to help you get started:
- Read through Isaiah 9:8-10:15.
- Meditate on and/or journal the answers to the following questions.
- What does this passage teach me about God and His character?
- How does this aspect of God’s character change my view of myself?
- What should I do in response?
- This week, we read about God’s coming judgement upon Israel (9:8-10:4) who has aligned itself with Syria and Assyria against its brother, Judah, through whom the Davidic king would come. As you read, think about the following:
- There is a refrain that is repeated in Isaiah 9:8-10:4. What message is being presented?
- What do you learn about the people receiving judgement?
- Why do they deserve judgement?
- Who is in control of judgement upon nations, and by what means does He execute His judgements?
- Isaiah paints a picture in 10:9 of Assyria advancing upon Jerusalem and conquering cities in its path. Sadly, what are these cities known for (10:10-11), and what or whom does Assyria believe it is conquering?
- If someone were to spy on you, what would they learn about you? What or whom do you worship? What or whom influences your life? What or whom do you put your trust in? Do your thoughts and actions display pride or humility?
GOING DEEPER (optional): For further teaching and application, do one or more of the following:
- Read chapter 11, “The Triumph of Grace Over Our Failure: Israel I (9:8-10:15)” in Isaiah: God Saves Sinners or listen to Ray Ortlund’s sermon series on line. (Most of the sermons correspond to the chapters in his book.)
- Listen to the sermon(s) from Pastor Liam Goligher’s sermon series on Isaiah that go along with this week’s reading.
Share what the Lord is teaching you with someone else! Feel free to use the discussion board to post questions or thoughts and interact with others. Reminder! This is your time in the Word. Do what time permits in your season of life. That might look different from week to week. God’s Word NEVER comes back void 😊